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What is GSOC?

Advice and Service you can trust The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is an independent agency, set up in 2007.

Our function is to deal with matters involving possible misconduct by members of the Garda Síochána, in an efficient, effective and fair manner.

The main ways that this may arise are as a result of:

  • a complaint from a member of the public
  • the referral of an incident from the Garda Síochána, or
  • because it for some other reason appears to be in the public interest that a matter be investigated.

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Latest news

IMPORTANT: If you made a complaint using the online form on Thursday 4th or Friday 5th February, please re-submit your complaint. We have had a technical problem and may not have received some complaints. We apologise for this inconvenience.

An EU-wide tender seeking Investigation Support has been published.

GSOC contributed to the recent international seminar of police control and oversight institutions in Kosovo.

As of 20 November 2015, DNA and forensic samples are to be taken in accordance with Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014.

We were proud to be invited to speak at the Victims’ Rights Alliance event to mark the important EU Directive on Victims' Rights becoming law on 16 November. New information for victims of crime is now available on our website.

Chair of GSOC Justice Mary Ellen Ring opened the 18th Annual Conference of the ACJRD. The subject of the conference was dealing with victims of crime - Full article

Justice Frank Clarke is conducting an independent inquiry of a recent GSOC investigation into a fatal RTI. This is allowed for by s.109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.
GSOC's first statement re the above matter.
GSOC's second statement re the matter.

For the latest news, press releases and witness appeals please visit the mediaroom.

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How to make a complaint

If you are directly affected by what you believe is misbehaviour of a member of the Garda Síochána, you can complain to the Garda Ombudsman.

Find out more about the process.

Go directly to the Online Complaint Form OR download a Paper Complaint Form (PDF).

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Recent Publications

Read the report on the public interest investigation undertaken into matters raised by the Commission of Investigation Report into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.

Examination of Garda Síochána practice, policy and procedure in relation to remand in custody - S106 report

Annual Report 2014

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2014

Read the report on the most recent public interest investigation undertaken by GSOC, into an incident on Henry St., Dublin in March 2015.

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